Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27636 (Hints)
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There’s a new Monthly Prize Puzzle today.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.
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Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”. Where the hint describes a construct a “usual” this means that more help can be found in The Usual Suspects, which gives a number of the elements commonly used in the wordplay. Another useful page is Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, which features words with meanings that are not always immediately obvious.
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Some hints follow.
1a Shell makes vehicle fast! (8)
A charade of a three-letter motor vehicle and an adverb meaning swiftly
5a Crumbs collected by school char (6)
An interjection meaning “crumbs!” inside the abbreviation for SCH(ool).
10a Not getting one another ready to vote? (2,5,8)
This could mean ready to place a mark in a voting paper
12a Direct link with the equator? (3,4)
This direct link between the leaders of superpowers could describe the equator in terms of its temperature
18a Wife and a drink gives one such courage (5)
This colloquial word for a wife also describes the type of courage achieved by consuming alcohol
25a Disheartened, never to return and attempt coming in again (2-5)
Drop the middle letter (disheartened) from NE[v]ER, reverse (return) what’s left and then add a verb meaning to attempt
26a Phoney bids for a deed against that woman and similar people (5,2,1,7)
An anagram (phoney) of BIDS FOR A followed by a deed and the pronoun meaning that woman
28a What some footballers did — nurtured backs and made final (8)
A three-letter verb meaning nurtured or nourished is reversed (backs) and followed by a verb meaning made final
1d Convert a little currency (6)
Two definitions – a verb meaning to convert and a small amount of money (currency)
3d Go on with most of the takings (7)
Simply drop the final S (most) from a word meaning the takings or receipts
4d Retiring copper’s first to get comfortable (5)
An adjective meaning retiring or bashful preceded by (is first) the cryptic definition of copper
8d Flew from the Andes? (8)
This verb meaning flew or rushed is an anagram (from) of THE ANDES
14d Banker in Cambridge has set off short distance for something in car (8)
The rather obvious river (banker) that flows through Cambridge followed by an anagram (off) of HAS and the abbreviated form (short) of an Imperial unit of measure (distance)
17d Woman in Italian island being held up, appealing (8)
… the Italian island is the one to which Napoleon was exiled
19d Obstinate in gruelling part of court battle? (4-3)
An adjective meaning gruelling or difficult followed by part of a game played on a court
24d Grilled like soldiers? Yet arresting sailors (5)
The soldiers here are strips of toast that are dipped into a soft-boiled egg – put a conjunction meaning yet around the usual abbreviation for sailors – I wouldn’t thank you if my soldiers were overgrilled!
25d Annoy fellow inside with firearm (5)
A verb meaning to annoy around F(ellow)
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The Quick crossword pun: valley+parkin=valet parking